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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: August 17, 2017
Nonfarm jobs slip 600 in July; unemployment rate unchanged at 5.0% Connecticut Labor Situation - July 2017 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, August 17, 2017 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 600 net jobs (-0.04%) in July 2017, to a level of 1,692,200, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 11,600 jobs (0.7%). June's originally-released job gain of 7,000 (0.4%) was revised down by 1,400 to a 5,600 (0.3%) employment gain. The number of the state's unemployed residents fell by 513, while the number of residents employed grew by 776. Connecticut's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.0% in July, seasonally adjusted. Resident employment estimates include the self-employed and residents working out of state and are determined separately from the nonfarm job estimates above.

“July was a relatively quiet month in Connecticut's labor markets with both payroll jobs and unemployment statistics changing very little,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “Over the year, payroll job growth in July was 11,600, well ahead of last year's performance.”

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)

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Private Sector employment grew by 300 (0.02%) to 1,459,300 jobs over the month in July, and by 14,700 jobs (1.0%) over the year. The Government continued its decline by 900 (-0.4%) to 232,900 jobs last month and it remains down over the year (-3,100, -1.3%). The Government, which includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casinos located on tribal land, remains the largest source of job losses in 2017.

Five of the ten major industry supersectors increased employment in July 2017, while five declined. Trade, Transportation & Utilities (2,200, 0.7%, 300,400 jobs) led gaining industries showing strength in both transportation & warehousing (1,100) and retail, (900). Other Services gained 1,000 jobs (1.5%, 68,800). Education and Health Services grew by 800 (0.2%, 334,000) with most new jobs appearing in health services, (600). Financial Activities contributed 500 jobs (0.4%, 133,300) in July while the Information grew by 100 (0.3%).

Leisure and Hospitality (-2,000, -1.2%, 159,100) showed the largest decline in July, potentially a seasonal adjustment to very large growth in June. The entire decline came from the accommodations & food services component (-2,800, 2.1%). Leisure and Hospitality continues to lead all supersectors in numeric job growth over the year (4,800, 3.1% OTY). The Construction and Mining sector shed 1,600 jobs (-2.6%, 59,500). The Government continued to lose jobs in July (-900, -0.4%, 232,900) and it remains the sector with the largest declines over the year, (-3,100, -1.3%). Professional and Business Services dropped 500 jobs in July (-0.2%, 215,800) while Manufacturing was off slightly (-200, -0.1%, 156,400).

Connecticut has now recovered 82.3% (98,000 jobs) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the Great Recession (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 89th month and the state needs an additional 21,100 jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector has fared better, regaining 101.0% (112,800) of the 111,700 private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn. The Government has lost a total of 22,200 positions since the recession began in March 2008.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Jul 2017 Jul 2016 Change Rate % Jul 2017 Jun 2017 Change Rate % Apr 2017 Mar 2017 Feb 2017
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,692,200 1,680,600 11,600 0.7% 1,692,200 1,692,800 -600 -0.0% 1,681,600 1,684,700 1,684,100
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,459,300 1,444,600 14,700 1.0% 1,459,300 1,459,000 300 0.0% 1,448,400 1,451,000 1,450,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 58,900 58,800 100 0.2% 58,900 60,500 -1,600 -2.6% 61,700 59,100 59,300
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 156,400 156,500 -100 -0.1% 156,400 156,600 -200 -0.1% 156,700 156,600 155,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 300,400 298,500 1,900 0.6% 300,400 298,200 2,200 0.7% 296,800 299,300 300,600
go to Information sector data table Information 32,000 32,300 -300 -0.9% 32,000 31,900 100 0.3% 31,500 31,500 31,200
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 133,300 129,700 3,600 2.8% 133,300 132,800 500 0.4% 131,800 131,200 131,100
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 215,800 218,500 -2,700 -1.2% 215,800 216,300 -500 -0.2% 215,500 218,700 218,600
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 334,000 330,500 3,500 1.1% 334,000 333,200 800 0.2% 330,200 330,800 331,800
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 159,100 154,300 4,800 3.1% 159,100 161,100 -2,000 -1.2% 156,400 156,000 155,600
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 68,800 64,900 3,900 6.0% 68,800 67,800 1,000 1.5% 67,200 67,200 66,000
go to Government sector data table Government 232,900 236,000 -3,100 -1.3% 232,900 233,800 -900 -0.4% 233,200 233,700 233,600
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 146,615,000 144,457,000 2,158,000 1.5% 146,615,000 146,406,000 209,000 0.1% 145,997,000 145,823,000 145,773,000

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Of the six LMAs that are seasonally adjusted by BLS, four of Connecticut's regional Labor Market Areas (LMAs) were higher in nonfarm employment, and two were lower in July 2017. These six LMAs make up over 91% of Connecticut's nonagricultural employment. The Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (1,200, 0.9%, 131,600 jobs) led all LMAs in job growth last month in both numerical and percentage terms and is now the fastest growing LMA in the state over the year in percentage terms (2,800, 2.2% OTY). The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (900, 0.2%, 575,300) was next and still leads in job growth magnitude over the last 12 months (4,800, 0.8% OTY). The Waterbury LMA (600, 1.8%, 67,400), and the Danbury LMA (500, 0.6%, 80,000) added jobs as well. The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (-1,100, -0.3%, 411,600) and the New Haven LMA (-600, -0.2%, 284,700) both lost jobs in July.
Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus, estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector, workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.8 hours in July 2017, up two-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago. Average hourly earnings at $31.33, not seasonally adjusted, were up $1.15 (3.8%) from the July 2016 estimate ($30.18). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,058.95, up $44.90 from a year ago (4.4%).

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Jul CHG Jun           Jul CHG Jun               Jul CHG Jun
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,065.72 $1,175.77 -$110.05 $1,050.00 41.1 43.1 -2.0 42.0 $25.93 $27.28 -$1.35 $25.00
 DURABLE GOODS 1,071.89 1,221.45 -149.57 1,069.34 41.1 43.1 -2.0 42.3 26.08 28.34 -2.26 25.28
 NON-DUR. GOODS 1,041.40 1,007.31 34.09 988.39 41.0 43.4 -2.4 41.2 25.40 23.21 2.19 23.99
CONSTRUCTION 1,118.60 1,158.92 -40.32 1,156.99 38.8 39.1 -0.3 39.8 28.83 29.64 -0.81 29.07
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,058.95 1,014.05 44.91 1,034.21 33.8 33.6 0.2 33.6 31.33 30.18 1.15 30.78
GOODS PRODUCING 1,214.98 1,269.45 -54.47 1,219.53 38.4 40.3 -1.9 39.1 31.64 31.50 0.14 31.19
   Construction 1,206.95 1,192.23 14.72 1,205.51 37.8 39.0 -1.2 38.9 31.93 30.57 1.36 30.99
   Manufacturing 1,217.57 1,309.34 -91.77 1,226.87 38.9 41.2 -2.3 39.5 31.30 31.78 -0.48 31.06
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,031.91 968.44 63.47 1,000.49 33.0 32.4 0.6 32.6 31.27 29.89 1.38 30.69
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 878.90 874.78 4.12 851.11 32.6 32.8 -0.2 32.3 26.96 26.67 0.29 26.35
   Financial Activities 1,801.37 1,644.64 156.73 1,690.40 38.1 37.1 1.0 36.7 47.28 44.33 2.95 46.06
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,304.64 1,223.94 80.70 1,266.96 36.0 35.1 0.9 35.8 36.24 34.87 1.37 35.39
   Education & Health Ser. 924.05 886.82 37.23 922.49 32.4 31.9 0.5 32.3 28.52 27.80 0.72 28.56
   Leisure & Hospitality 438.08 428.47 9.61 433.32 25.8 26.4 -0.6 25.4 16.98 16.23 0.75 17.06
   Other Services 821.44 692.59 128.85 799.10 32.0 30.7 1.3 32.3 25.67 22.56 3.11 24.74
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford 1,148.50 1,143.02 5.48 1,129.30 33.7 33.5 0.2 33.6 34.08 34.12 -0.04 33.61
   Danbury 952.38 957.19 -4.81 964.46 33.0 34.1 -1.1 33.2 28.86 28.07 0.79 29.05
   Hartford 1,091.86 1,058.49 33.37 1,062.61 34.4 34.4 0.0 34.3 31.74 30.77 0.97 30.98
   New Haven 1,021.68 929.45 92.23 994.03 33.0 33.1 -0.1 32.4 30.96 28.08 2.88 30.68
   Norwich-New London 805.17 769.82 35.34 802.31 31.6 32.4 -0.8 31.5 25.48 23.76 1.72 25.47
   Waterbury 833.26 820.05 13.21 829.38 33.9 35.0 -1.1 34.4 24.58 23.43 1.15 24.11

The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in July 2017 was 1.7%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.
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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model using the CPS – the Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 513 (-0.5%) over the month to 96,530 in July. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents has increased by 352 (0.4%). The state's labor force increased slightly by 263 (0.0%) over the month, and continued to expand over the year (41,274, 2.2%), with increases seen every month this year.

July 2017 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut decreased by 333 claimants (-8.0%) to 3,849 from June 2017, and were higher by 99 claims (2.6%) from the July 2016 level of 3,750.

Month  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,919.9 1,742.8 177.1 1,904.7 1,748.2 156.5 1,863.5 1,713.3 150.2 1,871.4 1,739.1 132.2 1,898.9 1,783.4 115.5 1,890.3 1,786.5 103.9 1,892.2 1,807.2 85.0
Feb   1,919.4 1,742.9 176.5 1,902.1 1,746.0 156.1 1,861.5 1,712.9 148.6 1,874.0 1,743.6 130.4 1,898.7 1,785.1 113.6 1,891.2 1,787.6 103.5 1,901.4 1,812.0 89.4
Mar   1,918.0 1,742.7 175.3 1,899.2 1,742.5 156.7 1,860.9 1,713.6 147.4 1,876.5 1,748.0 128.5 1,897.4 1,786.2 111.3 1,891.7 1,788.8 102.9 1,911.7 1,819.9 91.7
Apr   1,915.9 1,742.3 173.6 1,895.7 1,737.9 157.8 1,861.9 1,715.5 146.4 1,878.9 1,752.2 126.7 1,895.2 1,786.4 108.8 1,892.2 1,790.2 102.0 1,922.5 1,828.9 93.6
May   1,913.7 1,742.0 171.6 1,892.0 1,732.8 159.2 1,863.8 1,718.2 145.6 1,881.1 1,756.3 124.8 1,892.4 1,786.1 106.3 1,892.5 1,791.8 100.6 1,929.1 1,834.0 95.1
Jun   1,911.8 1,742.3 169.4 1,888.1 1,727.9 160.2 1,865.7 1,720.9 144.7 1,883.4 1,760.3 123.2 1,889.5 1,785.3 104.2 1,892.5 1,793.8 98.8 1,933.1 1,836.1 97.0
Jul   1,910.5 1,743.3 167.2 1,884.3 1,723.8 160.6 1,866.8 1,723.2 143.6 1,886.0 1,764.1 121.9 1,887.2 1,784.5 102.8 1,892.1 1,795.9 96.2 1,933.4 1,836.9 96.5
Aug   1,909.8 1,744.9 164.9 1,880.8 1,720.8 160.0 1,867.2 1,725.1 142.1 1,888.8 1,767.8 121.0 1,885.9 1,783.7 102.2 1,891.3 1,798.2 93.1
Sep   1,909.3 1,746.5 162.8 1,877.4 1,718.8 158.6 1,867.0 1,726.8 140.2 1,891.6 1,771.4 120.2 1,885.6 1,783.3 102.3 1,890.1 1,800.2 89.9
Oct   1,908.7 1,747.9 160.8 1,874.0 1,717.3 156.6 1,867.0 1,728.9 138.1 1,894.4 1,775.0 119.4 1,886.3 1,783.4 102.9 1,888.8 1,801.9 86.9
Nov   1,907.7 1,748.7 159.0 1,870.3 1,715.9 154.4 1,867.6 1,731.5 136.1 1,896.6 1,778.3 118.4 1,887.7 1,784.2 103.5 1,887.5 1,803.2 84.3
Dec   1,906.2 1,748.6 157.6 1,866.7 1,714.5 152.2 1,869.1 1,735.0 134.1 1,898.2 1,781.1 117.1 1,889.2 1,785.3 103.9 1,886.2 1,804.1 82.1
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The July 2017 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 5.0% (seasonally adjusted), unchanged from June 2017 and down one-tenth of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 5.1%. The U.S. jobless rate in July 2017 was 4.3%, down one tenth point from 4.4% in June.
Month 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.5 4.8 0.3
Feb  7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.7 4.7 0.0
Mar  7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.2 8.2 0.0 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.4 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.5 -0.3
Apr  7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.7 6.2 -0.5 5.7 5.4 -0.3 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.9 4.4 -0.5
May  7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.3 -0.3 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.3 4.7 -0.6 4.9 4.3 -0.6
Jun  8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 5.2 4.9 -0.3 5.0 4.4 -0.6
Jul  8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.4 5.2 -0.2 5.1 4.9 -0.2 5.0 4.3 -0.7
Aug  8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.1 -0.3 4.9 4.9 0.0
Sep  8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.4 5.9 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.9 0.1
Oct  8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.6 4.8 0.2
Nov  8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.3 7.7 -0.6 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.5 4.6 0.1
Dec  8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.2 7.9 -0.3 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.4 4.7 0.3

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.

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